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Susan S. Yeske: Dining Out

A pop-up restaurant that may stay for a while

The soon-to-open Felina New Hope will feature chef Anthony Bucco’s farfalle with slow-cooked pork sauce.

New Hope will have a new restaurant around Labor Day, but whether or not it stays at its location will remain to be seen.

Felina Restaurant and Bar will open sometime in October in Ridgewood, N.J. While that location is still under construction, the planned Felina menu will pop up at 9 S. Main St. in New Hope, the previous site of the Mansion Inn.

Both properties are owned by Frank Cretella of Landmark Hospitality and his business partner chef Anthony Bucco who operate the new hospitality group Eat Drink Celebrate.

“The plan all along was to have multiple Felinas,” Bucco said. The delay on the Ridgewood property opened the door to bringing the restaurant to New Hope early.

“The plan is to run it as a limited engagement, but open-ended,” Bucco explained. It could remain at 9 S. Main, or it could move to another Landmark property.

The open-ended stay will give the owners a chance to see how well Bucks County customers like the menu, which Bucco defines as country Italian cooking with seasonal hyperlocal ingredients.

“We’re in an amazing area from an agricultural standpoint,” Bucco said, and the menu will take advantage of that.

That means lots of grains from Castle Valley Mill in Doylestown and locally grown vegetables to pair with his fresh pasta dishes.

Those will include combinations such as gnocchi with delicata squash, hazelnut and sage; bucatini with pecorino and black pepper; rigatoni with cured pork, tomato and Calabrian chili; and spaghetti and meatballs with grandma’s secret sauce.

Entrees will include dishes such as fire-roasted bronzino with capers, citrus, olive and arugula; Glenwood Mountain pork with polenta, tardive radicchio and kumquats; and grass-fed skirt steak with sunchokes, black garlic and foraged mushrooms.

“The basis of the menu is Old World Italian,” Bucco explains. Most importantly, “it has to be able to satisfy the people of New Hope,” he said.

Bucco has an impressive resume of experience with New Jersey restaurants. He has worked for James Beard Award-winning chefs Jonathan Waxman and Michael Nischan and in New Jersey kitchens including Restaurant Latour, Stage Left, and Uproot. He was responsible for re-launching the legendary Ryland Inn in Whitehouse, N.J., another Landmark property.

Landmark also owns the Logan Inn, which is a few doors away from the new Felina, and Hotel du Village at the edge of town.

While the current plan is for Felina’s stay to be open-ended, that doesn’t mean it will disappear forever, Bucco underscored. “There will be a Felina somewhere in New Hope,” he said.

9 S. Main St., New Hope
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Opening: Early September



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